Auli
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Brief

The snow covered Himalaya surrounding you while you rush down the slopes at breakneck speed. If that is your idea of a grand holiday and a fun time, then Auli is the place where you should plan your next holiday. Located in the state of Uttarakhand, this ski resort is situated at a height of 2500 m above the sea level. Falling on the way to Badrinath, Auli has come into recognition only in the recent years. For a long time it had been in the shadow of Shimla, however now it is fast becoming one of the most popular skiing destinations in India.

 
Travel Tips

If you are planning a trip to Auli, avoid the winter season. The roads are very dangerous in winter. Also, while going out, remember to carry your own food as food shops are not readily available.



When to visit

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Things to do

If adventure sport is what gets you going, think no more and book your tickets to Auli. The snow capped terrain of Auli is ideal for skiing enthusiasts. And given that it is an emerging tourist destination, you can have all the fun you want without the loudness of a bustling tourist destination. If you want to, you can also get yourself enrolled for a certificate course at the local ski training centre. However, it is not only skiing that draws people to Auli. The place is also known for its scenic beauty. The majestic peaks of the Himalaya provide a breathtaking view to the tourists. Some of the most famous peaks of the Himalaya, like Mana, Nanda Devi, and Kamet are part of the surroundings of Auli. You can spend all day relaxing on a chair and looking at the changing colour of the peaks with the different positions of the sun in the sky.

You can also go to Clifftop Club and get a view of the highest artificial lake. While the lake has been created to supply snow for skiing when there is no snowing, the lake does provide a remarkable sight. You can also go and take a look at the hydro power project on river Alakananda. The hydropower plant is located at a distance of 5 km from Auli. And that is not where it ends. You can go on a trekking expedition. This trek forms an integral part of any trip to Auli. The trekking route will take you to some of the most picturesque locations amidst the snow clad terrains. Usually the trekking can be finished in one day. You can also take a trip on the ropeway at Auli. It has the distinction of being the longest ropeway in India. This ropeway runs all the way from Joshimath to Auli, covering a massive distance of 4 kilometers. The cable car is famously known as ‘Gondola’, with both a chair lift and a ski-lift. The enchanting view of the Himalayas while travelling is mesmerising and all this comes at a bare minimum cost of approximately 400 INR for a return trip from Auli to Joshimath or from Joshimath to Auli.

 
Getting Around

Getting around Auli can be a bit tricky as the roads are not maintained very well. You can take a cab or rent a car to take you to different places. If you wish to go to the nearby towns, you can do so by boarding a bus which leaves from the local bus stand at fixed hours.

 
Places to Stay

As a developing tourist location, there are a variety of options for you to choose from when it comes to picking your accommodation. There are alpine cottages and log cabins that give you the full experience of living on the slopes of the highest mountain range in the world. The cabins and tents are provided with all the necessities of comfortable living. You can of course choose to stay in a hotel. There are a number of guest houses and resorts in the region for you to choose from. You can book your accommodations in the Clifftop Club. The rent starts from Rs.11000 onwards. Other resorts in the area are GMVN Skiing Resort, and Auli Resort. The cost of renting rooms there comes to around Rs.3000 a night. There are guest houses also. Himalayan Eco Lodge, and Devi Darshan Lodge both can provide you with accommodations. The rent in these places is between Rs.3000 and Rs.4000. If you decide to stay in the nearby locations like Rudraprayag which is about 125 kms away, the cost of accommodation will be effectively cheap.

The GMVN Tourist Bungalow Syalsaur, Rudraprayag, the Maya Deep herbal resort, the Bhatt resort are some of the commonly known budget hotels at Rudraprayag, the cost per night at any of these can vary from 400 INR to 900 INR. You can also find dharmashalas which can offer you both food and lodging at a more economical price.

 
How to Reach

  • If you are planning to go by air, you can take plane to Jolly Grant airport in Dehra Dun. It is connected to the airport in Delhi. From the airport, you can rent a car to reach your destination for an approximate cost of 4000 INR. The distance between Dehradun and Auli is about 179 kilometers.
  • It is the best way to reach Auli. You can take an overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar. After getting off at the Haridwar station, you can arrange for a cab to take you to Auli. The details of the train and tickets can be obtained from online sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • In case you decide to reach Auli by road, you can take a bus from Delhi or Joshimath. The buses can be of various types, ranging from luxury ac buses to ordinary travel coaches. There are both state run and private buses. You can also take a cab or rent a car to take you to the hill resort of Auli. One of the most picturesque ways of reaching Auli is by travelling in the ropeway. It is one of the major attractions of the journey to Auli.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Spread in and around Auli are some of the most famous tourist spots and pilgrim destinations in India. You can take a trip to Vishnuprayag. It is the place where the two mighty rivers Alakananda and Dauli Ganga meet. You can also go and visit Joshimath, which is famous for being one of the four ‘piths’ founded by Shankaracharya. Badrinath is quite nearby and is one of the most famed pilgrim spots in India.

 
Important Numbers

Uttarakhand State Emergency Helpline: 2710334

General Enquiry: 2710335, 2710233

Army Medical Emergency: 18001805558 18004190282 18009833388

Uttarkashi: 01374 2261126 / 161, 01372 251437

Haridwar Police Station: 9760534054 9760537047